Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Getting Help, and addresses self-awareness standards related to knowing how and when to seek help for social and emotional issues. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of  projects.


Write the following phrases on the board:

  • I’m stuck.
  • I can’t do it.
  • I don’t know how to do this.

Ask students to think about these phrases and to respond to the following questions in a journal: 

If you’ve ever said one of these sentences to yourself, what was the circumstance or situation?

What do you do when you feel this way?


  • Read aloud the description on the Getting Help topic page. 
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Quotables” or “In Depth.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about getting help while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a movie showing a student asking someone for help with a challenging homework assignment. In your movie, address this question: How might the student feel before and after asking for help? (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map showing different scenarios where people might need to ask for help and strategies they can use.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme that encourages people to get help when they are stuck or when something feels challenging. (Essential Literacy Skill: Acquire and use domain specific words and phrases)


Apply: Students take the Getting Help Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Getting Help Quiz.


Social-Emotional Learning Collection: Continue to build understanding around empathy and respect with BrainPOP’s six-week SEL curriculum that addresses the five CASEL competencies. 

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments